The new iOS 7 update has also changed the method for force quitting apps. The following screencast will explain how to Force Quit apps in iOS7.
A recent update to iOS 7 for iPads has changed the location of a couple of the features we use on a regular basis. The Search bar for students and how to access Airplay for Reflector are now accessed differently. Watch the screencast below to find out how.
To get the complete rundown on what’s new in iOS 7 click here.
My second graders love using the I-nigma app to read QR codes. As part of our science curriculum on environmental interactions we went to Pinchot for an Environmental Field Day, focusing on Insects and other “Pests.” As a follow up activity when we returned, the students completed the “Spiders QR Webquest.”
They also enjoyed using Educreations to complete their science research project. Each student made a stuffed replica of the animal they were researching, took a photo of it, typed up their research, and recorded it.
My kids create individualized spelling lists after taking a pre-test on the basic ten words for each lesson. They use Spelling Test to create their own list to use to practice their words. It really came in handy this week when our 5th grade tutors couldn’t give them their test because of a field trip and they were able to take the test themselves!
Two other favorite Apps of theirs are Sushi Monster to practice math facts and Shopping Cart to practice using money.
One way I use my ipad is to use the timer to help students stay on track with their morning work. My students do many jobs in the morning, including changing their WEB books, getting their fast fact papers ready, writing in their homework and a morning work sheet. Some struggle to get things done in time, and so to help them, I use the reflector on my computer and then use the timer on my ipad. It counts down the time they have to complete the work. If they do not complete it in time, they have to do it at recess. This has really improved the speed of some of my “pokier” students. It also is helpful with first graders, since most of them cannot tell time that well, so the timer is a reminder of just how much time they have to complete their tasks
I LOVE the Educreation app. It’s pretty easy to use and once I introduced it one time, my students were able to do it independently. It’s nice to have a parent volunteer the first time you have them do it independently though.
I make it my Word Work center. Whenever we read any nonfiction stories in our reading series, I have the students make a project on Educreation to show what they have learned during the story.
It was also great when we were learning about describing words. My students would take a picture of themselves or an object in the room and put describing words all over their project. Then they would record themselves saying all the describing words.
Next year, I’d like to share their projects using the reflector app but keep the picture covered and have the other students guess what they were describing. So, if you haven’t used Educreation give it a try
The Record of Reading App
The Record of Reading app is a wonderful tool for increasing organization and simplifying the data collection involved with running records. This app records the student’s voice and allows the teacher to make running record notations as the student reads. It includes places for making notes about fluency, the book’s title/level, and the student’s accuracy and self-correction rate. This app also has a timer for keeping track of reading rate.
Folders can be created for each student. During the saving process, each running record is automatically dated. These records can then be moved into each student’s folder. When playing back the recording, the notations appear as the words are read. This is a great resource for parent-teacher conferences!
Tip: I found it easier to make notations with an iPad stylus, rather than my finger.
Currently, a handful of my advanced learners are working on a reading contract. They pick a chapter book and have 10 activities to complete. One of the activities they are working on is reading a few pages of their chapter book on iTalk. They then give their iPad to a classmate and have their classmate listen to their reading. Their classmate then has to give feedback on the students reading, fluency and expression. They then take the suggestions and reread the part of the book using the recommendations of their classmate.
Megan has shared two nice ideas for using the iPads with her kindergarten students.
Teaching the 5 senses (sight)
Assign a pair of students a color. Have the students take 10 pictures of things in the room that are that color. Reflect the screen to discuss different things they saw.
About Me (for Open House)
Have the students create a Popplet of their favorite things. I had my students put their photo in the middle and then create a web containing 3 of their favorite things. We covered up their picture with card stock (made a flap), so their parents had to find theirs based only on their favorite things (food, friend, color etc.). Students could draw, type, or put a photo of their favorite things in each box. Save to WebDav and then print from the student server.
My students read the story “The Bee” which is in their reading book. The key concept we talked about was using graphic aids, and a graphic aid of a bee was included in the story. I had my students use the story and write a paragraph about bees. Also, they used Google images (images for classroom use) to find a picture of a bee, take a screen shot, and then use educreations to label the parts of the bee. They also recorded themselves reading their paragraph using the iPad. Finally, I displayed their stories and graphic aids on the bulletin board outside my classroom. I also had the iPads available to parents for Open House, so they could hear their student reading their paragraph.
Here is a sample of our work: